Electricity Supplies Threatened by Copper Thieves

Libya Herald reports that thieves are threatening the country’s electricity resources by stealing power cables, with Sirte being the latest area to fall victim to this crime spree.

The press officer for the Ministry of Electricity, Wisam Bin Shaban, told the news agency:

These people steal the cables and then sell on the copper from them ... This is not the first time this has happened.

The General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) faces other additional problems, including the loss of maintenance vehicles and equipment. Some GECOL vehicles not able to reach certain areas around Tripoli due to security concerns. “Every time technicians go to do maintenance work in these areas, they either get their cars or equipment stolen,” Bin Shaban said.

The theft of cables, as well as maintenance vehicles, has so far cost GECOL millions.

(Source: Libya Herald)

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